Our commitment

The Fringe Blueprint is a list of eight commitments we made in 2017, informing all the work we do ahead of the Fringe’s 75th anniversary in 2022. One of these commitments is to reduce the Fringe’s carbon footprint and champion initiatives that limit our impact on the environment.

The Society’s sustainability priorities between 2019 and 2022 are to:

  • continue to provide Fringe participants with tools that help them consider the environmental impact of the work they produce at the Fringe

  • work with our partners and stakeholders to communicate our sustainable agenda both externally and internally

  • embed environmental, economic and social sustainability across our core business.

The Society has committed the following actions by 2022:

  • reduce the number of paper tickets produced by the Fringe box office by creating a fully integrated digital solution

  • reduce our paper usage by a third, with emphasis on reducing our print programme 

  • ensure sustainability is incorporated, where possible, into every aspect of our buildings.

 

Where we are now

Since 2015, the Fringe Society has reduced its carbon footprint by 63%. 

Quantities are in kg CO2e 2015–2016 % ↑ / ↓ 2016–2017 % ↑ / ↓ 2017–2018 % ↑ / ↓ 2018–2019 % ↑ / ↓ 2019–2020 % change since 2015–2016
Electricity 42,937   40,645   35,063   27,128   8,311  
Gas 6,929   4,595   10,354   8,411   5,442  
Water 225   260   257   178   97  
Recycling 145   181   181   160   20  
Landfill waste 2,579   3,550   3,360   2,569   212  
Travel 35,785   28,922   21,636   43,831   18,686  
Total 88,600 -12% 78,154 -9% 70,851 16% 82,277 -60% 32,672 -63%

 

Our actions going forward

We have identified six pillars that will support our approach to sustainability. Each pillar further develops our current activities and commitments.